Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (Elton John)

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (Elton John) 3




This 40th anniversary super deluxe box set includes the original album remastered, a CD of all-new cover versions by contemporary artists personally chosen by Elton with additional tracks and B-sides, the full LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH ’73 concert on two CDs, and a DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film ELTON JOHN AND BERNIE TAUPIN SAY GOODBYE TO NORMA JEAN AND OTHER THINGS. In addition to the discs, the box also contains a 100-page illustrated hardback book packed with rare photos, memorabilia and a new essay containing interviews with Elton John and Bernie Taupin. .


Disc: 1
1. Funeral For A Friend
2. Love Lies Bleeding
3. Candle In The Wind
4. Bennie And The Jets
5. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
6. This Song Has No Title
7. Grey Seal
8. Jamaica Jerk Off
9. I’ve Seen that Movie Too
10. Sweet Painted Lady
11. The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34)
12. Dirty Little Girl
13. All the Girls Love Alice
14. Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock’n’Roll)
15. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
16. Roy Rogers
17. Social Disease
18. Harmony
Disc: 2
1. Candle In The Wind (Ed Sheeran)
2. Bennie and the Jets (Miguel)
3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Hunter Hayes)
4. Grey Seal (The Band Perry)
5. Sweet Painted Lady (John Grant)
6. All The Girls Love Alice (Emili Sande)
7. Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock And Roll) (Imelda May)
8. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting (Fall Out Boy)
9. Harmony (Zac Brown Band)
10. Grey Seal (piano demo) (Elton John)
11. Grey Seal (1970 Original) (Elton John)
12. Jack Rabbit (Elton John)
13. Whenever You’re Ready (We’ll Go Steady) (Elton John)
14. Screw You (Young Man Blues) (Elton John)
15. Candle In The Wind (Acoustic) (Elton John)
16. Step Into Christmas (Elton John)
17. Ho Ho Ho (Who’d Be A Turkey At Christmas?) (Elton John)
18. Philadelphia Freedom (Elton John)
19. Pinball Wizard (Elton John)
Disc: 3
1. Funeral For A Friend (Live at Hammersmith)
2. Love Lies Bleeding (Live at Hammersmith)
3. Candle In The Wind (Live at Hammersmith)
4. Hercules (Live at Hammersmith)
5. Rocket Man (Live at Hammersmith)
6. Bennie And The Jets (Live at Hammersmith)
7. Daniel (Live at Hammersmith)
8. This Song Has No Title (Live at Hammersmith)
9. Honky Cat (Live at Hammersmith)
Disc: 4
1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Live at Hammersmith)
2. The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (Live at Hammersmith)
3. Elderberry Wine (Live at Hammersmith)
4. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Live at Hammersmith)
5. I’ve Seen That Movie Too (Live at Hammersmith)
6. All The Girls Love Alice (Live at Hammersmith)
7. Crocodile Rock (Live at Hammersmith)
8. Your Song (Live at Hammersmith)
9. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting (Live at Hammersmith)
Disc: 5
1. DVD – Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things


Elton John was one of the greatest musicians in Rock. Then, he became a great big fat woman. Keep him away from Ted Levine or somebody’s going to be able to finish a suit. The rest of the CDs are a great mix of music, alternate takes, live bits and a DVD that allows Taupin and John to talk about what they did. Honestly, it’s a packed historical document detailing one of the team’s better albums. That being said, haven’t we already heard this stuff before outside of the Hammersmith LIVE stuff?

The cover album aspect of the second disc was pretty cringeworthy. I didn’t mind the work that The Band Perry did, but everyone else felt like a mismatch. But, I guess that’s what happens when you let the American Idol generation think they can sing Goodbye Yellow Brick Road for the 80th time. Honestly, the original work isn’t that overdramatic, so why should the covers be that way? Every artist has their take, but I prefer the original.

For collectors and fans, this release will be a must-have. Everyone else will stick with what they have or hope for a vinyl remaster. I appreciate that classic catalog releases can still get this much attention in the digital age. I’m just not sure if it was totally worth it. It’s not like they updated “Tumbleweed Connection”.


Final Score:  90% – B+

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